Added heaps new Synergy Works / Synergy Systems images including their final brochure, circa 1981
added 'in-use' shots of restore Early Winters Omnipotent 1151. Floor & flysheet recoated, seams sealed, guylines upgraded
added lost of new Marmot pix of Twilight, Taku, Solstice, and Burrow bivy, plus apparel and packs
added scans of Early Winters Moonwing tent from 1984 (courtesy of Joyce Peters). Plus other Early Winters Pix.
Back in action after a long hiatus. Hope to be far more regular with updates to site. Fingers crossed my actions meet my intentions.
Please note that it seems there was an issues that the old outdated email was still being reference on the new site.
If you sent an email in past year or two, to the @inov8.au.com address, I did not get it. Please try emailing again.
to kick off I have added pages for Nike ACG (All Conditions Gear)
added pages for Trangia stoves
had a few bugs migrated the website site over from the old URL of http://www.inov8.au.com/compass/ . Think they are now squashed.
Please advise me of any lingering gremlins.
added PDF of Lowe Alpine Systems 1972 catalog also trading as Snug Mountaineering at that time. (courtesy of Stevy Maradona)
added images of both the 1990 and 1994 Phoenix Mountaineering tent catalogues (courtesy of Riccardo Di Nunzio)
added images of Karrimor cycle panniers, Moulton AM bike bags and SA 7000 thermoformed pack harness
added images of Chouinard Shell Gloves, the first pre-curved outdoor gloves, with one-handed cord closures
added images of Silva Camper compass. Made by YCM Japan. Purchased around 1974.
added images of Marmot Pocket Gopher. Bought 1985, from a friend who got it at a Nepalese bazaar, after it had been on an expedition !
secured web hosting for new domain of www.outdoorinov8.com/compass and migrated website to the new address
NOTE: In late 2013 my Internet Service Provider advised they would no longer be supporting .au.com web addresses, including mine.
This was a bitter blow, as it meant I would have to migrate this site to yet another new URL. The fourth in its six year history.
Each time this happens the site loses its recognition with search engines like Google and Bing and old links no longer work.
This took the wind out of my sails, as the Compass project is self-funded hobby. While I continued to collect material, the site wasn't updated
It has taken a while to reinvigorate the project. But it is now back on track.
started a page for Raichle footwear
started a gallery of labels and logo for outdoor brands
added a bunch of old Paddymade leaflets and documents fron the 60's and 70's
added photos of rare Nau Profile and Blender Gloves, made of recycled polyester, Pittards goat leather, and, in the Blender, merino wool
started pages for Aiking, Andrew King's pack company (that later merged with J&H/One Planet and Adventure Designs)
added photos of Early Winters Omnipotent No, 1151 produced between 1977-1979
added eight more vintage outdoor books
added photos of Blacks Good Companion standard tent, produced circa 1975-1976
added photos of Chouinard Comet single skin tent, produced circa 1987-88
forgot to mention that I'd already started a page for Mountain Mule 'H' frame packs out of New Zealand, an iconic 70's Antipodean product
added Bill Edwards's recollections of his 12 years working as the designer at Early Winters, including designing the first Gore-tex products
added photos of Phoenix Phreespirit and Phunnel tents (courtesy of Tim Cotgrave)
added a bunch of Sierra Designs catalog and advertising images circa 1978 - 1980
added a smattering of adverts and photos of The North Face products
included some Karrimor Don Whillan and Joe Brown pack photos (courtesy of Tim Cotgrave)
added a few more Frostline Kits adverts from the early 70's
added some more vintage adverts to the Eureka! page
added a couple images of EB Super Grattons
added Chouinard packs advert, circa 1976
added images of Blacks Itisa (?) tent and Ventile smock
added images to the Black Ice page
added 30 plus images to the Various Brands page
started page of Outdoor Gear Firsts, based on my best information available. Evidence based corrections welcomed.
life gets in the way of hobbies! Hence the pauncy of additions over the past few months. No shortage of material tho'
started Black Ice pages, a look one of Bill Simon's many forays into the outdoor gear market
added the Lowe Alpine 1981 Catalog (courtesy Jim Graham)
added some Paddymade (Paddy Pallin) adverts from 1935 to 1972 (courtesy Jim Graham)
added some Bushgear adverts from 1968 and 1972 (courtesy Jim Graham)
added Flinders Rangers catalogue 1975 (courtesy Jim Graham)
added Hank Roberts Mini stove lantern to Various
added 14 pages for the 1980 Moss Tent Works catalog. (Catalog provided by Jim Graham)
added 20 plus selected pages from the 1963 Blacks Centenary issue catalogue, celebrating 100 years (courtesy Jim Graham)
added 24 pages from the 1974 Bushgear pricelist, includes full descriptions of their three tents, and other product detail from the early 70's
added more vintage images and updated the history page for Fjallraven
added a bunch of 70's adverts and random images for some half dozen or so brands. You'll just have to find them.
started pages for Robert Saunders tents. Hope to add more soon.
started pages for Mountain Designs. Much more to come later, but starting with this early introduction.
started pages for North Cape, of Scotland, who made some enduring non-pilling laminated pile garments, and later Dunova apparel
added back in the Rohan Detail photos, showing close ups of fabric and construction detailing 1983-1987
added another Tim Cotgrave photo of his Phoenix Phreerunner, this time in the Czech-Republic
added photos of Karrimor's iconic purple Haston Alpiniste rucsac, purchased in 1979 and still used 30 years on.
old website URL ( http://homepage.mac.com/inov8/Compass/ ) is now defunct
started new page for Books: starting with my personal collection of vintage outdoors publications, many of which are now out of print
added link for www.spiritburner.com, the classic camp stoves website
added link for Pitons, the Analogy on the Historical Origins of Rock Pitons
added link for Vertical Devices: Gary Storrick's visual collection of over 1,550 abseiling (rappelling), ascending and belay devices
added link for Scottish Mountain Heritage Collection (SMHC)
added photos of Flinders Rangers canvas "A" Frame pack
Please note new contact email
started Image and History pages for EB Super Grattons, the preeminent rockclimbing shoe of the 50's, 60's, 70's, and early 80's.
added photos of Paddymade japara water bucket
added photos of Sigg billy (with lockable handle), circa 1979, to Various brand images
started pages for Mountain Mule packs, one of the three 60's-70's iconic H Frame packs of New Zealand tramping and Australian bushwalking
started on the history page for Bushgear
added the complete Berghaus catalogue (circa 1974-75). Had previously only had selections
added another 17 pages to 1977 REI Co-op catalog. including more tents, packs, sleeping bag, lights, down apparel, climbing gear, etc
started pages for Bushgear, an early outdoor retailer, and manufacturer of double skin nylon tents, scans includes 1976 & 1978 pricelists
added more Berghaus catalogue scans from 1977 & 1979, including children's wear, the woeful Mistral Gore-tex Jacket & 12 models of Cyclops
added images of MSR's early XGK and Firefly stoves, plus the G and K model manual, courtesy of Tim Cotgrave
added photos of the seminal British Gore-Tex single pole tent, the Phoenix Phreerunner, courtesy of Tim Cotgrave
added photos of Garuda Atman and Kaja tents (courtesy Ian Nguyen)
added photos of an unidentified Sierra West tent. Can anyone ID it? (courtesy Mike Morrow)
added photos of Synergy Works vapour barrier shirt, as found on ebay by Alan Wenker)
added photos of Wilderness Experience Backpacker pack ((courtesy and Bob Johnson)
added photos of Ultimate's The Tent (in snow), Peapod, and Helmet (courtesy of Time CotGrave and Bob Johnson)
started pages for A5 Adventures big wall climbing gear. PDF catalogs, kindly provided by A5 founder, John Middendorf
started pages for Millarmitts by Millar Glove Ltd (added more photos, including label, courtesy of Alan Wenker)
started pages for Dachstein mitts (aka Lackner Wolle) ... and have since added more images
started pages for tents by Noall Mountaineering
added photos of Mountain Equipment Fitzroy insulated jacket, courtesy of Tim Cotgrave
added photos of Karrimor K2 pack frame, courtesy of Tim Cotgrave.
added photos of Ultimate Tramp tent, courtesy Tim Cotgrave.
added photos of Phoenix Mountaineering Phunnel tent. courtesy of Tim Cotgrave
new website URL went live: http://www.inov8.au.com/compass/
Please bookmark this new address as the old 'homepage' version won't work after 30 June 2012
after much to-do, started transitioning site to new address http://www.inov8.au.com/compass/
(the original website: http://homepage.mac.com/inov8/Compass/ will cease to exist, when Apple dumps MobileMe subscriptions)
the Compass site referenced by Scandinavian gear homage blog, Our Culture
Bruce Johnson's venerable History of Gear Project gets its own Facebook pages
software issues prevent fresh images from uploading, so limited updates in past few months,
found a workaround and images are now loading. (But need to reload Rohan detail photos and re-caption 5.10 images.) More to come.
Patagonia have established relationship with eBay to promote sale of preloved, secondhand Patagonia product
added pages for Five Ten (5.10) Stealth Rubber footwear
added page of detailed photographs of Rohan clothing from 1983 to 1988
added photos of Lowe Alpine Systems Cerro Pack and swing tag (courtesy of Tim Cotgrave)
added photos of early Karrimor label and cycle panniers (courtesy of Tim Cotgrave)
added photos of Berghaus Cyclops Serac pack (courtesy Tim Cotgrave)
passed milestone of 200 pages, with well over 70 brands represented. (albeit many 'Profile' pages are still shy of content)
added more images of Sierra West packs and tents (Courtesy Alan Wenker)
added most every page from the 1977 Frostline Kits catalog, (Courtesy Alan Wenker)
updated Rohan History
started De France Pack page. Consists mostly of line illustrations from their circa 1988/89 Trixter brochure
started Sierra West pages. Early Gore-tex manufacturer and lightweight backpacking pioneer
added Yakworks Profile page
added photos of Synergy Works Gore-tex parka (Courtesy Alan Wenker)
added photos of MSR three layer Gore-tex jacket. (seen on ebay) Said to have been the first to commercialise underarm vent zips
added photos of Marmot Taku polyester Gore-Tex tent (courtesy Alan Wenker)
added Yakworks pack photos and some catalog scans (courtesy Alan Wenker)
added photos of Ultimate U8/2 Bivouac tent, courtesy Tim Cotgrave. Where does he find 'em?
started pages for Outgear packs of Australia
started pages for Tika packs of New Zealand
added Bergans frame pack photos, maybe a Telemark? (Courtesy of Tim Cotgrave)
added photos of Berghaus Roc in canvas (Courtesy of Tim Cotgrave)
added images of Icelandic sleeping bag and 1934 catalog cover to Blacks of Greenock page (Courtesy of Tim Cotgrave)
added photos of Berghaus Roc pack (courtesy Tim Cotgrave)
added photos of Phoenix Phreak and Phalanx tents (courtesy Tim Cotgrave)
added photos of Karrimor Tote'em Classique pack (courtesy Tim Cotgrave)
added more Fairydown images, including 70's adverts (Courtesy of John van der Veur) and 2005 product info from old website
added Ultimate 'The Tent' photos (courtesy of Tim Cotgrave)
added Ultimate Hobo tent photos (Courtesy of Tim Cotgrave)
added Silva compass catalogues circa 1976 (Courtesy of John van der Veur)
added Berghaus Centurion frame pack photos (Courtesy of Tim Cotgrave)
started Fairydown pages, including circa 1970 catalogue (Courtesy of John van der Veur)
added Mountain Equipment images from 1976 catalogue (Courtesy of John van der Veur)
started Blue Train pages (UK travel & outdoor apparel, circa 1989)
added more Jansport photos (courtesy Alan Wenker)
added photos of Blacks Mountain tent in Ventile (Courtesy of Tim Cotgrave)
added The North Face Moraine & Crevasse, packs plus OI22 & Westwind tents 1981 (Courtesy of John van der Veur)
added Mountain Equipment catalogue cover and pricelist 1976 (Courtesy of John van der Veur)
started Sprayway pages
updated Mountain Equipment history
added Jansport history
added photos of Jansport packs, tents and clothing (many pack shots courtesy of Alan Wenker).
added photos of of Karrimor Annapurna III frame pack (Courtesy of Tim Cotgrave)
added more Terrapax images
Scott Hampton advises he's photographed another box of catalog covers from his vast collection. See Links to jump to his Picasa page
added more Sequel images
added Sequel profile
added images of Clint Eastwood (in Marmot Mountain Works down garments) from The Eiger Sanction movie
added heaps more Patagonia catalog images (Glissades, Puffballs, DAS, Tagua buttons, Nemo, Torre, 1992 pricelist, etc)
added link to Scott Hampton's photographs of some of the covers of his massive collection of 800 outdoor catalogs.
added photos of of Blacks Of Greenock Arctic Guinea mountain tent (courtesy of Tim Cotgrave)
added photos of Bergans model 577 pack in orange nylon fabric (Courtesy of Tim Cotgrave)
added photos of Phoenix Phreak tent (Courtesy of Tim Cotgrave)
updated History for Sequel
added Annapurna pack photos to Karrimor image page (courtesy Tim Cotgrave)
started page for Dana Designs packs, (includes complete 1995 Dana catalogue, via kind courtesy of ZM)
added link to The Piton's infographic, which shows which sporting goods conglomerate owns which outdoor brand (circa 2008)
started Polaris apparel page
started Vortex backpacks page
added more Marmot images
added more Arc'teryx images
started page for Ecotrek, who made some of the first packs constructed of post-consumer recycled materials
added images to Lowe Alpine included adverts for Gore-Tex dome and tunnel tents
added photos of Scott Hampton's The North Face Oval Intention tent
Updated details of the Rohantime 'Top 50 outdoor innovations in last 50 years' event to include readers final nominations
added images of 1995 sleeping bag catalog to Moonstone, courtesy of ZM
added image of Early Winters Moonwing tent, courtesy of Kerry Bannister
added Pharaoh and Starflight tent images to Sierra Designs, courtesy of Kerry Bannister
reformatted the brand image slideshows, which seems, for the moment, to allow more images to be loaded. Not as elegant, but it works.
[ Clicking any image (for most brands) now opens a manual slideshow in a floating window. Click X in the bottom right to exit slideshow. ]
experiencing some hiccups with software not loading additional images to the site. Trialling some workarounds.
received some great images for vintage Bergans, Blacks, Dana, Karrimor, Sierra Designs, etc from Tim Cotgrave, ZM, and Kerry Bannister
started Macpac page
started Forrest Mountaineering page (mostly just images, and briefest of history, at this point)
added more images to Various page
started Wilderness Experience page
started Synergy Works page
added preliminary Moss Tent Works History
added more Early Winters images
added note on home page about the 'Top 50 outdoor innovations in last 50 years' online event at Rohantime
added complete 1975 Rohan catalogue, (by kind courtesy of Sarah and Paul Howcroft)
added complete 1979 Rohan catalogue, (by kind courtesy of Sarah and Paul Howcroft)
added more history, and more images, to The North Face pages
added more images to Norrona
added more images to Marmot
started Mountain Equipment (UK) page
started Fjällraven page
started Walrus page
added Boondocker's Vintage Gear Museum to Links page
added more images to Various brands page
added more images to Deja Shoe
Started pages for Deja Shoe
added more images to Osprey Packs
Started pages for Osprey Packs
added images to Paddy Pallin page
added more Sierra Designs images
added current websites for all brands, where available, at the base of their respective History pages
Started pages for Sequel
Started pages for Garuda Mountaineering
Started pages for Buffalo Systems
Started pages for Flinders Rangers
Compass site mentioned in UK Outdoor Magic forum thread on Ultimate tents
Compass site mentioned in Hiking Down Memory Lane post on Patagonia's blog The Cleanest Line.
Added scans of complete Rohan 1987 catalogue, as kindly provided by David Jones
Compass site discussed in History of Rohan Clothing post on Rohantime (UK)
2008 - 2009
developed site and began adding brand pages